In the longstanding tradition of mystical Jews and lifestyle publications, we bring you New Moon Readings. They aren’t fortune telling or magic, and they’re not about luck or a mysterious power. They draw upon on the wise monthly themes of the Hebrew calendar, the influence of the solar system on our daily lives, and, sometimes, totally pagan prognostication tools (tarot!) to guide us.
Tammuz is the fourth month of the Hebrew calendar and is named for the Babylonian sun god who was the partner of the goddess Ishtar. Though Tammuz is named after the sun and is the month of light that welcomes summer, this Hebrew month delivered a harsh lesson for the ancient Jews.
Tammuz was the month that Moses brought the commandments from God down from Mt. Sinai. Moses was gone for longer than his followers had expected, and they could not wait. They believed that Moses was not coming back and they doubted his relationship with God and his plan for fleeing Egypt. They returned to idol worship, fashioning the Golden Calf to replace their leader. When Moses returned with the tablets and witnessed this violation, he threw the tablets down, shattering them, signaling the fall of the Jewish people.
With this ancient lesson in mind, the tarot spread for the month of Tammuz is about embodying all of our parts — the good, the bad, the shadow, the light. It’s all our story. It’s all here.
With the Three of Wands as our base, we have a renewed energy and momentum that is propelling us forward. We are excited for the day to day adventure of what is to come.
With the energy of the Mars card and the Move On card surrounding us, we are moving quickly through our lessons and learning to finally let go of those inner demons that may have been holding us back. We are boldly breaking new ground and moving forward.
The lesson of the Bat, Master of Suspension card is that we must surrender to our past to step into our future. We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of and acted in ways we now see were not correct, but we also acted in ways that were true to us and were right in the moment. Now is a rare time for us to see the actions of our past but to not beat ourselves up about them. We acknowledge the lessons and continue on. We acknowledge our shadow to walk into the light.
At the end of it all, the medicine of the 11, Self Created card is love. There is nothing left to do but love every part of us and our journeys, no matter what mistakes we feel we have made. They become irrelevant as we acknowledge them, and we begin to love them as much as we love our successes, because they are what truly shape our heart and soul and refine and improve how we exist in this world.
By Lauren Cucinotta, a Brooklyn-based intuitive Tarot card reader and energy healer. As the child of non-practicing Catholics and a Jewish stepdad, Lauren jokes that she was the biggest shiksa in Hebrew School. Her readings gently reveal the hidden truths of surrounding energies so that you can gain clarity and take action.